New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA), the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) have finalized a major construction financing package to complete a 205-unit affordable housing development in The Bronx. Located in the borough’s Soundview neighborhood, the building will debut as Casa Celina, named after Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s mother Celina Baez.
Today’s housing lottery round-up features eight buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan with available affordable units on Housing Connect with deadlines closing within the next seven days.
Permits have been filed for an eight-story residential building at 11-32 31st Drive in Astoria, Queens. Located between 12th Street and Vernon Boulevard, the 7,039-square-foot lot is equal distance from the 30th Avenue and Broadway subway stations, both serviced by the N and W trains. Aleksandr Finkelshteyn is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Construction is rising rapidly on Disney’s 1.2-million-square-foot headquarters at 137 Varick Street in Hudson Square. Alternately addressed as Four Hudson Square, the 22-story, 338-foot-tall structure is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and is being developed by Silverstein Properties. The media giant purchased the parcel from Trinity Church Real Estate for $650 million and Skanska was responsible for the demolition of four structures that wrapped up last summer. Lendlease is in charge of constructing the new headquarters, which is bound by Varick Street to the east, Spring Street to the south, Hudson Street to the west, and Vandam Street to the north.
The NYC Culture Club, a private gallery within the Oculus, has selected artist Todd Stone to host a solo exhibition beginning September 1. The exhibition will feature over 30 works in oil, watercolor, and digital media that document the 20-year story of the rebuilding of downtown, and the 12 years of Stone’s tenure as an artist in residence at the World Trade Center.